Sometimes, I get into this...loop. I think to myself, "I'm going to get Task X done, and then I'm going to do an update." And then I get about half of Task X, and I have to stop to take care of Non-Work-Related-Task Y. And then Non-Work-Related-Task Y gets mostly sorted, but now it's been five days since I posted a regular OOTS comic, so I have to get started on that. And then that takes like a whole day just to write, and I need to break the art up into two days because I can't draw for that long at once anymore, and then I finally can get back to Task X. Except, now it's been too long since I did an update to have gotten nothing but Task X done, so I decide that I need to also try to do Task Z before the update. So I start working on Task Z...and Non-Work-Related-Task Q comes along.
All of that is a really long way of saying, "Sorry I haven't had an update in a while."
Since the last update, I finished the promised nine strips in a row for the main OOTS comic, but that's ancient history by now, so who cares? I did add it to the Workometer after the fact, though. Some more Patience packages shipped, but I'm mostly only packing those when there's nothing else that I could be doing, since I was upfront about no one expecting those until everything else was finished. Here's where things stand:
I guess the big news then, other than incremental progress for which I have nothing yet to show, is that digital portraits have started going out. Right now, I've finished half of them—35 "Stick It to Me" and 5 "Stick It to My Family" portraits. Most of those have already been emailed out, but there are still a few I need to format and send. There are also 17 packages where it turns out I do not have the necessary reference photos from the backer (either because it was never sent or because my email devoured it), so if you pledged for one of these, check your email to see if there's a message from us. Likewise, if you know for a fact that you never sent in your photos, send them now to firstname.lastname@example.org. (SEE P.S. BELOW)
In unrelated news, I can now shill the latest two OOTS miniatures, Haley and Elan. Haley comes with two bow options (firing and not-firing), while Elan comes with both his lute and his rapier. The previously provided $7-off-shipping coupon code is still good on these, too. Before anyone gets mad that I only seem to do an update when someone puts something on sale, you should know that this is usually the best way to break me out of that loop I mentioned up top. When Morland or Ookoodook tells me that I need to announce a product, I know I need to update whether I'm ready or not.
That's it for now. With luck, I won't get too stuck in my cycle to do another one of these sooner rather than later. Thanks, as always, for your nigh-superhuman patience.
P.S. Apparently, someone has launched a DDoS attack against GiantITP.com for who-knows-what reason. I had to put these images on another server just to send this. I have no idea when it will be back, but I'll try to update via my Twitter when I can. But it does mean that the email address listed above may be offline for a while.